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FINRA Announces Effective Date of New Capital Acquisition Broker Rules

FINRA has announced the adoption of the new Capital Acquisition Broker (CAB) rules. CABs, which will be able to act as brokers for merger and acquisition transactions and agents in private placements to institutional...more

SEC Approves FINRA Rules Addressing “Pay-to-Play” Practices

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) proposal to adopt FINRA Rules 2030 and 4580, which set forth pay-to-play restrictions, and...more

The Municipal Advisor Regulatory Framework - Where We Are and Where to Next

On September 19, 2016, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board ("MSRB") advised Congress that it had "just concluded development of a core regulatory framework for municipal advisors." This by no means signals a significant...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

On June 2, 2016, the SEC announced that it hired Christopher R. Hetner, a cybersecurity expert, as the Senior Adviser to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy. The hire is indicative of the SEC’s focus on cybersecurity measures...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - The CFPB Publishes Final Rule for Prepaid Accounts - On October 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") finalized comprehensive consumer protections for...more

FINRA and SEC Announce Tick Size Pilot Program

On October 3, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”)’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy issued an Investor Alert announcing a new National...more

Tick Size Pilot Program Commences

On October 3, 2016, a National Market System (NMS) Plan to implement a Tick Size Pilot Program commenced. The program was introduced by an Order of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on May 6, 2015, as “an...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 10

FINRA Revises its Proposed Amendments to Rule 2210 - In our recent Client Alert, we wrote about the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.’s proposed changes to Rule 2210, Communications with the Public. One of...more

Commencement of Tick Size Pilot Program

On October 3, 2016, the two-year tick size pilot program, which was proposed by the national securities exchanges and FINRA in June 2014 and approved by the SEC in May 2015, officially commenced. The pilot program is a...more

The Federal Securities Pay-to-Play Regulatory Framework is Complete - A Primer for Financial Services Firms

On September 20, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued two orders effectively completing the federal pay-to-play regulatory framework for investment advisers, municipal advisors, underwriters of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2016 #3

Editor's Note - Investment Company Institute Publishes FAQ on SEC No-Action Letter Regarding Auditor Independence. On September 23, the Investment Company Institute (ICI) published a memorandum (ICI Memo) responding to...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.20.16

The hits just keep on coming for Wells Fargo, who now is facing questions about its failure to prime the market for news of its $185 million SEC settlement earlier this month. The main concern with that tack is that Wells...more

Capital Acquisition Brokers: New Category of Broker-Dealers Provides Limited Relief for Some Investment Banking Boutiques

The SEC recently approved a set of FINRA rules which creates a new category of broker-dealers known as Capital Acquisition Brokers or CABs. The rules were originally proposed in 2014 and will go into effect on the date set...more

SEC Approves FINRA Pay-to-Play Rules

Placement agents to private funds who seek investments by state and local pension plans must comply with restrictions on political contributions and related activities. On August 25, 2016, the Securities Exchange...more

12 AML Obligations Every Broker/Dealer Needs to Know

Since 2002, as part of their anti-money laundering (“AML”) responsibilities, broker/dealers have had a gatekeeper-like obligation to monitor customers for “suspicious” activities and to report those activities to the Treasury...more

Spoofing, Sports and the Panama Papers: BakerHostetler Offers Mid-Year Review of Cross-Border Government Investigations and...

Halfway through 2016, the international community has seen a staggering variety of cross-border investigations and enforcement actions. Brexit, the release of the Panama Papers, allegations of widespread sports doping and the...more

Investment Management Update

The Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Amendments to Form ADV and Investment Adviser Act Rules - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Form ADV and Investment Advisers Act of 1940...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 9

Updating Unregistered Structured Note Programs: How Frequently? - For some types of securities offering programs, we have “black letter law” that instructs issuers how frequently the program documentation should be...more

Proposed Amendments to FINRA Gifts, Gratuities and Non-Cash Compensation Rules

In Regulatory Notice 16-29 (Regulatory Notice), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) requested comments on proposed amendments to Rule 32202 – its “Gift Rule” – as well as new proposed FINRA Rule 3221...more

SEC Approves FINRA & MSRB (Almost) Pay-to-Play Rules

The SEC announced August 25 that it approved FINRA’s pay-to-play rules governing placement-agent or solicitor broker-dealers and was “prepared” to approve the extension of MSRB Rule G-37 to municipal advisors as well....more

SEC Approves a Streamlined FINRA Rule Set for Certain Broker-Dealers Engaged Only in Limited Capital Raising Activities

On August 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order approving proposed Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules exclusively applicable to firms that meet the definition of a "capital...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2016 #5

Editor's Note - Investment Advisers Breathe a Sigh of Relief. On Thursday, August 25, the federal district court in New Jersey ruled after a 26-day trial in favor of AXA Equitable Insurance Company and against the...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - August 2016

Spotlight on the False Claims Act - Why it matters: This month, we review a recent Ninth Circuit case that allowed a qui tam relator’s action against various Medicare Advantage organizations to proceed, holding that the...more

Broker-Lite: FINRA Built It, But Will They Come?

On August 18, 2016, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a new Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rule series intended as a “lite” framework for the registration and regulation of brokers that...more

Don’t Hail the CAB – Why FINRA’s Capital Acquisition Broker Rule Set Will Not Get Private Funds to their Destination

For many years, the private fund industry and the securities bar have called for a limited rule set to govern broker-dealers solely engaged in raising capital for private funds or other issuers of unregistered securities or...more

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